It’s that time of year; everyone is hosting their annual holiday parties. I have to admit, I’m not very creative when it comes to BYOD (bring-your-own-dish) events. I either forget to make something until the last minute and end up bringing chips and salsa, or I go overboard and make a dip of my own design that almost always ends up looking unappetizing--and I become its only partaker. Guilty.
This year, I’m bound and determined to break my string of losses. Not only am I planning ahead, but I’m making something a little more, well, familiar to the masses. That’s why this baguette will save my life.
You see, baguettes can seem intimidating. At first, I was pretty terrified to make one myself. Reviewing recipe after recipe, I kept reading how you have to shape it in this fancy baguette shaper thingamajig, which I don’t have and don’t plan to have--ever. So I decided to improvise and shape my own baguette recipe using my best tool – my hands. And, it worked. Take that, baguette shaper thingamajig!
What’s great about making baguettes for your holiday party extravaganzas is they are so versatile as a side dish. Want to bring bruschetta? Perfect. The baguette will be your hero. How about a spread? No problem. The baguette is an excellent spread recipient. Spinach-artichoke dip? Sure. The baguette can definitely handle it.
If you’ve got a few BYOD parties coming up and want to plan ahead (especially if you’re as chips-and-salsa-wielding guilty as I am), double or triple this recipe, slice the loaves, and freeze them until the night before the party. That way, once you’ve made your dip/spread/topping and are all dressed up and ready to go, the baguette will already be sliced, thawed and ready to join you to your event. And trust me – this time, you won’t be the only one eating your side dish.
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